Ralph E. Woodrow Easter: Is It Pagan?

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Easter: Is It Pagan?

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Simply put, this book shows that: "Easter" is not the name of a pagan goddess; Constantine did not start Easter at the Nicene council; the 40 days of Lent did not start in Babylon; Christians who attend sunrise services are not worshipping Baal; eggs and rabbits are not vile, abominable objects! This study shows how many have been victims of misinformation.

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Growing up in church, I had known Easter as a victorious and joyous celebration of Christ's resurrection. More people attended church at this season than any other time of the year. It was while attending an Easter service that a man received Jesus Christ as his Savior, who later became my pastor. I had no reason to question there was anything wrong with Easter.

In time, however, I would read literature that targeted the observance of Easter as being "heathen idolatry," that it was "pagan to the core!" The very word "Easter," it was claimed, was the name of a pagan goddess! Easter was brought into the professing church by "Constantine" at the "Nicene Council"! A passage in Ezekiel was quoted to show that people who attend Easter sunrise services are worshipping the sun-god Baal! The 40 days of Lent, it was said, came right out of ancient Babylon! And Easter eggs and rabbits were abominable, vile, pagan, fertility symbols!

While never buying the whole package-I did not suppose Christians who celebrate Easter are worshipping Baal!-I did pass on some of the negatives in earlier editions of my book "Babylon Mystery Religion." In time I would be quoted in many booklets, tracts, and articles dealing with the subject of paganism in Christianity, some of which promoted radical viewpoints.

Unfortunately, the anti-Easter teaching sometimes breeds a contempt and hostility, not only against the celebration of Easter, but also against those who celebrate it. It tends to reinforce an attitude in some-"The churches are all wrong anyhow!"

Let me hasten to say, if a custom or belief is indeed pagan, of course we do not want it! But what I have come to understand is this: We must proceed with caution about identifying something as "pagan" merely because a similar practice existed at some other time and place. Sometimes the "proofs" of paganism only have the appearance of being so. Bits and pieces of information taken from mythology cannot substitute for actual history. Incomplete information can lead to false conclusions. A few pieces of a puzzle, even though valid pieces, do not show the whole picture.

Within the pages of the book, I will share with you my studies which have caused me to RECONSIDER the subject of Easter in a more positive light. I have tried to present this information in ways that are strong enough to make the point, yet want to assure the reader that nothing is intended in an unkind or unfriendly way. I have Christian friends on both sides of this issue, friends that I regard highly!

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Of special interest to any who have doubts about Easter, "EASTER-IS IT PAGAN?" presents reasons why the anti-Easter teachings should be reconsidered. This book shows that: "Easter" is not the name of a pagan goddess; Constantine did not start Easter at the Nicene Council; The 40 days of Lent did not come from Babylon; Eggs and rabbits are not abominable and evil symbols; Decorating Easter eggs is not a pagan fertility rite; Easter sunrise services are not Baal worship; Mythology is not a substitute for factual history.

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